today begins my foray into bikram: hot yoga with a set of 26 positions (hold for laffs) in a 105 degree room.
why would anyone do this, you ask?
welp, see, i've been hungry for a little exercise challenge. summer was great - lots of walks, jogging, playing, swimming, stuff like that (i never thought i'd actually sort of look forward to jogging - i kind of like it now, but only for the gameyness that my nikeplus watch makes me feel). so, with those things sort of rolling, and a few of them coming to a close when it comes to outdoor fun, i thought it might be - well, neat - to start a weird new goal.
i started doing research. i've done yoga a solid amount of times and i've never really liked it. i like it more than i did at the beginning, but that's only an inkling over despising, y'see. i like pilates okay because it felt stronger and less meditate-y (real word - look it up, read a book); i hoped maybe bikram might split the difference of those and make me work hard and be bendy.
lots of friends seem to have a story - they've tried it, were scared of it, slunk away, got addicted, passed out, lost it, couldn't stay away, heard rumors about it - all in all, it sounded like an abusive relationship. ...i'm listening.
so, i yelped. i researched. i asked friends. i read. and i found the deal of the century - a 29 dollar package at a pretty dope studio that is regulation, and allows you to do unlimited your first month. (after that, it's 4,039/day, so, i'm hoping i don't like it.) my challenge was born - along with moderate cardio throughout the month, september is for bikram.
my goal is to do 3-4 sessions a week, or around 15 sessions in a month. if i overachieve, i expect to be a pretzel.
more to come.
any tips anyone has that's done it, i'm listenin'.
can't wait to start.